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Interpol: Letters contaminated with Covid-19 may be sent to political leaders

  • Published at 07:40 pm November 21st, 2020
File photo: A man passes Interpol signages at Interpol World, in Singapore on July 2, 2019 Reuters

However, the international agency did not mention any specific instances of contaminated letters sent to politicians

The international criminal police organization, commonly known as Interpol has urged law enforcement agencies worldwide, to be more cautious of Covid-19 contaminated letters which may be used to target political figures, reports NDTV.

In its latest guidelines, Interpol has warned all law enforcement agencies across the world, along with those in India, to beef up their monitoring based on the various modus operandi, which refer to deliberate acts with an actual risk of contamination spread.

"Instances of individuals spitting and coughing in the faces of law enforcement officers, health practitioners and essential workers to intimidate them. This could represent a risk if these individuals are infected with Covid-19," the guidelines said.

Although the risk is not grave but a few cases of threatening letters allegedly contaminated with Covid-19 projected to political figures have also been reported. This modus operandi, according to Interpol, can also be used to target other vulnerable groups.

However, the international agency did not mention any specific instances of contaminated letters sent to politicians, reports Hindustan Times.

Certain individuals contracted by Covid-19 may knowingly travel from affected areas to non-affected areas, despite their medical condition and any travel restrictions in place, said the international agency. Also incidents have been reported as contracted individuals claimed to sell contaminated samples of body fluids.

Soaring demand for personal protection and hygiene products amid pandemic, provided an opportunity for the predatory criminals who most likely to take the advantage of the situation, the agency said.

Interpol has said that those are entrusted with protecting prominent public figures should be made aware of these risks and investigators, specialized over cyber-crime or counter-terrorism, should pay particular attention to online market places.

It said postal and front-desk services should be informed of biological threats posed by suspicious packages and follow the regular protection measures, reports Hindustan Times.

Interpol has also given a list of various fraud and scam schemes taking advantage of the crisis situation which have been reported.

It said criminals are using health related equipment or services business to whiten their black money.

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